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Shamrock Chips

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St. Patrick's Day Recipes/Snack Ideas



Crushed Rainbow Snack

Place several Keebler Rainbow Vanilla Wafers into a resealable plastic bag.
  Seal the bag and then roll a rolling pin over it to crush the wafers.
  Open the bag, stir in a few spoonfuls, of vanilla pudding, and then eat
 the treat - right out of the bag.


St. Patrick's Punch

1 (1/2 gal. ) vanilla ice cream
4 c. orange juice
1/2 c. lemon juice
2 (28 0z.) bottles lemon-lime carbonated soda, chilled

Spoon ice cream into punch bowl. Add the orange and lemon juices and
 stir gently with spoon. Add lemon-lime soda slowly and stir gently. Punch
 will become foamy. Ladle into plastic cups and serve. Makes about 20 servings.


Leprechaun's Lime Surprise

lime sherbet
green sugar sprinkles

Fun drink to go along with your St. Patrick's Day treats... Put one or two small scoops
 of lime sherbet in a clear plastic cup. Pour Sprite or 7Up over the sherbet.
 Add some green sugar sprinkles and you have a Leprechaun's Lime Surprise!


St. Patricks Day Drink

Get 10oz plastic green bottles of Mountain Dew. Make some
 computer labels to put over the others and call them
 "Leprechaun Drink" or "St Patrick's Day Brew" or "Irish  Dew"


I ran into a leprechaun
And asked if he'd been told
Where the rainbow ended
With the treasured pot of gold.
He didn't know, but then gave me
A special Irish brew (dew)
To brighten your St. Paddy's Day
I'm sharing some with you


Sit right down I have something for you,
Here's a green bottle of very good brew. (of special Irish Dew)
It's not a clover, or rainbow or gold,
Just a great drink, or so I've been told!
(or a magical drink)


Leprechaun Dust

Materials Needed:
JelloŽ  Brand instant pistachio pudding
small jars with lids (baby food jars)

Place 1 tablespoon of the leprechaun dust (pudding mix) into a jar (1 for jar for each child)
Add 1/4 cup cold milk adding the milk makes the instant pudding turn green
Place lid on tightly and have your little leprechauns shake away.
Enjoy the results and let the imaginations fly.


Do You Believe In Leprechauns?

If the child says yes give them a tablespoon of Jell-o Brand pistachio pudding.
 It looks white, but turns green when the milk is added.
If the child says no give them vanilla pudding.


St. Patrick's Day Pie

1 (8 oz.) small can crushed pineapple with juice
1 box instant pistachio pudding mix
9 oz. (medium-size) container frozen non-dairy whipped topping
1 (9-inch) prepared graham cracker crumb crust

Place pineapple and pudding mix in a mixing bowl and mix well. Fold in whipped
 topping. Spoon into pie shell and put in the refrigerator of 39 minutes before serving.


Key Lime Pie

Place 5 egg yolks in a large bowl, beat on low speed on electric mixer for about 1 minute.
 Stir in one can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk, then stir in 1/2 cup of lime juice and
 mix well. Pour filling into a 9" pie shell, lightly baked. Bake at 350° for 12 to 15 minutes
 or until filling is lightly set. Cool on a wire rack for about 1/2 hour. Beat 5 egg whites at
 high speed until meringue consistency (soft peaks). Fold in 1/2 cup of sugar. Spread
 over pie filling. Bake at 375° for 10 to 12 minute or until meringue is lightly browned on
 peaks. Cool on a wire rack for about 45 minutes. Refrigerate to chill before serving.


St. Patrick's Day Cookie Pops

If you are looking for a fun and easy recipe to do with the kids, try these
 deliciously simple St. Patrick's Day Cookie Pops. The kids will smile
 and giggle while making these treats, and will have something
 fun to give to family, friends, and classmates!

Ingredients Needed:
20 vanilla wafer cookies
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 12-ounce bag white chocolate chips
green and yellow gumdrops
green Dots
green and yellow Nerd candies
Cake decorating writer gel in green, yellow, red, orange, and black
1 tube of green cake decorator frosting with tip
green and yellow decorator sugar
green food coloring
ice cream or lollipop sticks
wax paper or paper plates

Spread peanut butter onto the flat side of the cookies.
 Place an ice cream stick into the peanut butter on half the cookies.
 Top with another cookie so the stick is sandwiched between the two cookies.

Melt chocolate chips in the microwave, one minute, then in 20 second
 increments, stirring until smooth. Before melting, separate the white
 chips into two bowls. After melting, add a few drops of green food
 coloring to one of the bowls of white chips to make green chocolate.

Dip cookie pops in the melted chips, covering completely.
Sprinkle with green and yellow sugar and lay or stand on
waxed paper or paper plates. Place in refrigerator to chill.

Fun Variations
After coating with white chocolate, dip top of pop into green sugar.
Slice two yellow gumdrops to make beard. Allow to dry on wax paper.
Use black and red decorator gel for eyes and mouth, and for trim on hat.

Rainbow with Pot of Gold
After coating with white chocolate, cut a green Dot in half lengthwise,
adhere to chocolate. Before chocolate has a chance to dry, place 3-5 yellow
 candy nerds "in" pot. Create a rainbow with various colored decorator gel.

After coating with white chocolate, sprinkle with yellow decorator sugar,
 then draw on a shamrock using green cake decorator icing.

Four Leaf Clover
After coating with green chocolate, use green sliced gumdrops to create clover leaves.
 Slice a small strip out of remaining gumdrop for stem.
 Use a green candy Nerd for the center of the clover.

Note: Another variation is to use vanilla or chocolate frosting instead of peanut butter for the filling.

These can also be made without sticks. Use one stick to be able to dip the cookies in chocolate
 and roll in sprinkles, then remove the stick and put on wax paper or paper plates, then chill.


Potato Dishes

We made different potato dishes and graphed our favorites.


Green Vegetable Snack

Prepare a snack using slices of fresh green vegetables. Examples:
cabbage, cucumber, avocado, zucchini squash, and lettuce.


More Green Foods

You can add green food coloring to melted butter on toast and scrambled eggs
 to make green eggs.  You can add food coloring to mashed potatoes for lunch!!
Also, you can add green food coloring or if you can find it in your local grocery store...
Hershey's makes a HULK chocolate syrup that is green - add it
to milk and it looks green but taste like chocolate milk.


Green Mint Ice Cream


Baked Potato Soup

Ingredients Needed:
3 lbs. potatoes (medium size)
1 T. butter or margarine
1 1/2 cups finely chopped onions
2 T minced garlic
1 can chicken broth
3 cups milk
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
optional toppings - bacon bits, shredded cheddar cheese, chives

Scrub potatoes and pierce each one with fork a few times . Bake potatoes for
 1 hour at 400°, or until tender. Remove from oven and allow to cool enough
 to handle, then peel potatoes. Cut 3 potatoes into soup-size cubes, and set
 aside. Mash remaining potatoes. In a dutch oven, large saucepan or small
 stock pot, melt butter or margarine over medium heat. Stir in chopped onions
 and minced garlic. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook about 10 minutes or
until soft - do not brown. Stir in mashed potatoes ; mix thoroughly. Add chicken
 broth, milk, salt and pepper. Cook and stir over medium heat for a few minutes,
 reduce heat, cover and simmer about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add cubed potatoes,
 stir, simmer a few more minutes until heated through. Add toppings to individual servings.


Irish Soda Bread

2 C flour In a large bowl, stir together the flour,  1/2 tsp salt salt, baking soda, baking
 powder, sugar.  1/2 tsp baking soda  1-1/2 tsp baking powder.  With a fork,
 blend the margarine with the  2 Tbsp sugar dry mixture until it is crumbly. Mix in the
 raisins and caraway seeds. 1/4 C margarine 1 C raisins In another bowl, beat together,
 the eggs 1 tsp Caraway seeds and buttermilk. Pour and stir this mixture into the large
 bowl of dry ingredients. Mix  1 egg and turn the dough out onto a floured board
  3/4 C buttermilk and knead until smooth. Shape into a round loaf and place in a
 greased 8" cake  pan. With a floured knife, cut a 1/2" deep  cross in the top of the loaf.
 Bake 375 for  30 minutes - place pan on a rack to cool.


Lime Gelatin

Make lime gelatin for the kids to eat at snack.


Pistachio Pudding Dessert

Ingredients Needed:
1 box pistachio instant pudding mix
1 - 8 os. container frozen whipped topping mix, such as Cool Whip
1 can crushed pineapple (16 oz.)
1/2 cup maraschino cherries
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 bag miniature marshmallows

Mix pudding mix with crushed pineapple (drained). Stir in chopped pecans
 and marshmallows. Cut cherries in half and stir into mixture. Fold in
 and whipped topping. Refrigerate at least one hour before serving.


St. Patrick's Day Pudding

Ingredients Needed:
one 1 oz box of sugar-free instant pistachio pudding for every 5 children
1/2 cup milk per child
1 small resealable plastic bag per child, tablespoon,
1/2 cup measuring cup, 1 spoon per child

1. wash hands
2. put 1 Tbsp pudding mix in plastic bag
3. pour 1/2 cup milk in bag
4. close bag tightly
5. shake and squeeze bag
6. open bag and eat it up!


Shamrock Sandwiches

Let the children help make open faced sandwiches by spreading soft cream cheese
 on slices of whole wheat bread.  Let each child in turn place an open shamrock shaped
 cookie cutter on top of his or her sandwich and fill it with alfalfa sprouts. Then have the
 child remove the cookie cutter to reveal a green sprout shamrock on top of the cheese.


Shamrock Shake

Ingredients Needed:
1 cup vanilla ice cream, slightly thawed
1/2 cup milk
1/8 teaspoon mint extract or flavoring
4-5 drops of green food coloring

Pour all ingredients into a blender and blend at a medium setting
 for about 30 to 40 seconds or until the consistency of a milk shake. 


Shamrock Shake II

Blend 1 banana, 2 cups lime sherbet, and 2 cups milk.


Shamrock Cookies

Make sugar cookies. Let the children add green icing 
and green sprinkles on top of the cookies!


St. Patrick's Day Applesauce

For a little "leprechaun magic," spoon some yellow applesauce
 into a bowl and add a drop of blue food coloring. Invite your child
 to stir the applesauce and watch as it turns into a green fruity treat.


Easy Shamrock Cookies

Purchase two rolls of refrigerated sugar cookie dough.  Have each child wash his/her hands.
  Then give them each a 3/8" slice of dough and piece of waxed paper.  Help each child divide
 the dough into four pieces.  Then have them roll 3 pieces of the dough into balls and place
 them together on the waxed paper to form a shamrock.  Have the children slightly flatten the
 dough balls. Then for the extra piece, they roll into a snake to for a stem for their shamrock.
  Encourage the children to cover their shamrocks with green sugar sprinkles.  Place the cookies
 on a foil lined cookie sheet.  Use a permanent marker to write each child's name on the foil beside
 his/her cookie.  Bake the cookies according to the directions provided on the cookie dough wrapper.
 Cool the cookies on a baking sheet before serving them.  Provide green food coloring in milk for dipping.


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